In my quest for facing life honestly, I have been drawn to the music of needtobreathe. I love the music, but I am at times profoundly moved by their lyrics. Here is verse one from one of my favorites, "Something Beautiful":
"In your ocean, I'm ankle deep
I feel the waves crashin' on my feet
It's like I know where I need to be
But I can't figure out, yeah I can't figure out
Just how much air I will need to breathe
When your tide rushes over me
There's only one way to figure out
Will ya let me drown, will ya let me drown?"
It's really worth listening to the whole thing.
We tend to view all threatening oceans as coming from other people, or a corrupt culture, or Satan, and they all can certainly play their part. But how often do we attribute the tide to God Himself? Satan desires to "sift us" to destroy us; God desires to drown (or consume us) us to bring us back to life. It is an idea that will either undo you or invigorate you.
Their is a lot of uncertainty as we go through life: What's around the corner? Where will I be in five years? Will my job survive the economy? Will my marriage get better? What if my kids go to jail? Is this sickness going to go away? Can I handle the next thing God allows or sends my way?
To quote the song, there are daydreams in which we have all we want. God makes our lives perfect in this dream; the oceans of life will never be more than ankle deep. But as the song says, "When I wake up..." When we wake up, we will see a life permeated with the presence of God in everything, and we will realize that what we want and have are insignificant compared to what we need: something beautiful that can be found only in the depths of Christ.